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About me

Like most counsellors I provide traditional therapy in a comfortable, warm and private space.

However I also offer a form of eco-therapy presenting the opportunity to be in the wilderness walking and talking or perhaps sitting by a fire chatting with a cup of tea. I am an experienced and respected survival and tracking instructor, and utilise elements of those skill to provide ways of finding insight and explore what makes you unique, then find connections that will soothe, heal and promote your well-being.

What is Eco-Therapy…?

Eco-therapy is a relatively new term that encompasses a range of therapies that have close links to nature, the outdoors and our relationship to it. A key belief of the work at WildPath is that we all have a part of us that needs to find a connection to our natural environment.

It was only a few generations ago that our ancestors were used to being closer to the natural world. The resources that are freely available, the seasonal changes we adapted to and a self-reliance that came along with that connection. Pressures of modern day life, the distractions from modern technology and a fear of the unknown is eroding that connection.

There is an increasing amount of evidence from scientific research showing that the union with nature has proven, almost essential, benefits. Reducing stress levels, raising immunity to disease, lowering blood pressure and improving mood and well-being are all now known to be  beneficial effects that we can gain from finding that connection again.

About the therapy....

There are over 400 different forms of counselling and therapy which approach mental health from every perspective; Analytical, Kinaesthetic, Spiritual… to name just a few.

I offer an integrated person centred approach, which makes it unique to each client, combining techniques from a range of theories and practices. Person centred is a principle which respects and develops an individual’s experiences, behaviours and thoughts. Helping identify core issues that may be having an unwanted impact on their life, and exploring new ways that will work for them.

Training, qualifications & experience

CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

20 years professional experience in wilderness training and mentoring

Specialist consultant in working with challenging behaviour.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Fees operate on a sliding scale between £35 and £60

Sessions run for between 60 and 90 minutes (allowing time for location and client needs)

When I work

Weekdays Monday-Thursday and weekends

Occasional evenings also available

Bideford, Devon, EX39

Barnstaple, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Indoor space is fully accessible. Accessible private outdoor natural and wild spaces are also available.